Destination: Uruguay: José Ignacio
Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, in Uruguay, is a true labor of love. The owners had a vacation home in the area for years before buying the 4,000-acre property on which they built the estancia, a traditional Spanish colonial structure with white adobe walls and a red tin roof. Working with some of Uruguay’s top architects, artists, designers and craftsmen, they have created a property whose exquisite interiors showcase true individual passion.
The twelve individually decorated suites were each imagined by Uruguayan artists who created site-specific works for the spaces. Sculpture, painting and design play an important throughout the property, whether it’s the painted ceiling of the Living Room, done by artist Clever Lara, which features a Google Earth–inspired representation of Jose Ignacio and Uruguay, or the colorful walls of the traditional parillero (barbeque) painted by notable artist Marcelo Legrand in his brilliantly chaotic style. Situated on 4,000 aces, the Estancia also encompasses living spaces, a brick-barreled dining room, a swimming pool (complete with fiber optic lights that mimic the constellations above), a spa and stables from which you can ride down to the nearby beach. Terraces offer panoramic views of the untouched natural pampas that surround the Estancia—you may even be able to spot some ostriches.
Getting there: Estancia Vik is accessible via the Punta del Este airport, where daily fights arrive from Argentina and Brazil. Punta del Este, an international airport that accommodates private jets, is a thirty-minute drive along the coast. Guests can also fly to the capital city of Montevideo (a one-and-a-half-hour drive away).
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